Rise of the Indie Film Maker in Pakistan

Author : Hasan Ahmed Ansari

Recent history says the Pakistan Film Industry should operate by the Chinese calendar: 2007 was the Year of Khuda Kay Liye, 2008 the Year of Ramchand Pakistani, 2010 the Year of Virsa and 2011 the Year of Bol. In that line 2012 can only be known as the Year of the Academy Award (for Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy).
Ultimately the past few years have been a dirty triumph for the paranoid. You don’t need to conduct a research to establish the harsh reality that the Pakistani Film Industry or more popularly referred to as “Lollywood” has not just declined but seems to have fallen into an abyss.
The signs had become evident during the late 1970’s and early 1980’s but the Industry who had been resting on the laurels of the filmmakers from the “Golden Era of Lollywood” decided to overlook the cist and allowed it to develop into a tumor which sucked all of the life out of the Industry.
The years between 1979 leading up to 21st Century or the “Period of Crisis” – as referred to by the avid Pakistani movie-goers – was identified for becoming loud and localized, wanting in artistic or aesthetic merits.

Harsh struggle for Hindu minority in Pakistan

Author : Anonymous

Talking about minority; Hindus come first to our minds because of their larger number in all of the minorities in existence in Pakistan. Patriotic Hindus who preferred to live in Pakistan during partition instead of migrating to India are now in great threat to practice their beliefs in our ‘land of pure’ and so does minorities belonging to different beliefs.

Feudalism, class system, religious discrimination, forced conversion and marriages and poor law and order situation of Pakistan has taken their right to breathe. Around 7,000 to 10,000 Pakistani Hindus (around 1,600 families) had migrated to India in the last two years; a report by English daily reveals this. And only in last four months, around 450 families comprising of more than 3,000 members have migrated to India following conversion cases of one after another Hindu girl in Sindh, report further states.

Statistics tells us that around 3.2 million Hindus are living in Sindh, seven million are settled in Punjab, Around 30,000 to 50,000 are living in Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and other northern areas of the country. A large majority of Hindu population belongs to the working class, has poor agricultural background and is not financially stable.